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What I’m Reading:
Still reading City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.
What I’m Writing:
Well, I got 1200 words out this week, and while those words weren’t spectacular or full of inspiration, it’s something. Unfortunately, I’m trying to dive back into writing in the middle of a tough scene—one that was already giving me issues before I took a break. I finally had a brainwave for how to make it more exciting though, so the action is about to pick up, and I'm looking forward to that. I also did a fair amount of research, most of which won’t actually appear in the scene, but is crucial for informing how I write it.
What Works for Me:
I know this is something writers differ on, especially since we all have unique thought processes, but writing chronologically works for me. Here’s why…
a) It helps me keep the plot straight in my mind. If I jump around from scene to scene, I know my plot threads will get all snarled up. Hey, I’m easily confused.
b) I feel like the story unfolds organically, with one scene naturally leading into another. Even though I’m a staunch planner, a scene can turn out differently than I expect, and that can affect everything that comes after it. When I used to write out of order, I often found my scenes to be more like individual vignettes that didn’t necessarily hinge together the way I wanted them to.
c) If I write all the juicy scenes first, I lose my motivation to write the rest, which ends up feeling like filler. When writing chronologically, if I encounter a scene I’m not interested in, I stop and brainstorm ideas that will make it more exciting to work on. You know what they say: If a scene is boring to write, it’ll be boring to read. By not allowing myself to skip over those scenes, I force myself to up the interest level. My reward is moving on with the story.
It wasn’t until I started writing chronologically that I actually finished a novel. I’d made many attempts before, and they all ended in failure and frustration. When I decided to try a sci-fi novel, the idea was challenging enough that I thought writing chronologically would help keep me organized. Turns out that’s how I work best.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
It’s been one of those mostly boring but very productive weeks around here. After our trip, I’m good with that. We’ve thrown ourselves back into house renovations and getting rid of stuff we don’t need, want, or wish we’d never owned in the first place. The Great Book Purge of 2014 also continues. I think I’ve weeded around a dozen boxes of books by now. Our shelves are still full, so I suspect they’re multiplying like Gremlins when we aren’t looking.
Since that’s been exhausting and it's freaking cold outside, we haven’t done much else other than crash. We watched Catching Fire (prep for Mockingjay) and The Fault in Our Stars (ugly cried just as hard this time), and the hubby and I have fallen down the Gilmore Girls vortex again now that it’s on Netflix. According to him, it’s just as good the second time. I wholeheartedly agree on that. Some of the quirkiest, cleverest writing ever to grace TV.
A question for all of you: Jaime and I are thinking of adding a WUW heading for setting weekly writing goals. We’ve decided we could both use the accountability. Does that sound like something you’d all be interested in? Let us know in the comments!